Shirley is determined to stop Phil from getting his way, but can Sharon, Jay and Lola convince her he is a changed man? Meanwhile, Abi is shocked to discover Cora's secret.
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SHOUTING FROM VAN
Oi, oi, Paddy!
What's going on?
How are you?
Bealey! Bealey, he loves a bargain.
Here, Bealey, I've got something for you, mate. Hold up.
Oh, Bealey, have I got something for you, mate.
Wait till you feast your mince pies on this.
-This is a bit special, this is. You're going to love it.
Ready, Bealey, look at this. Known as Gebrannte Mandeln.
AKA toasted almonds.
That's what I was trying to say. They're German, you know.
Just thought, a new line in the caff, make a few quid, say no more.
All right, suit yourself, thanks, mate. No, no, no, Fats.
That one's a bit special, all right.
Yeah? Me too.
-You done the same thing?
-You old romantic. Let's get this stuff.
You all set?
As you'll ever be, yeah?
Good luck, Phil.
Be Ben and Jay needing it, me and Ian,
we'll just be spectators, won't we?
Do you want me to phone a cab?
There's no point driving there yourself.
The parking round there is terrible, everyone knows that.
I'm not going.
Right, Kat, where are you? I'm here. Kat?
-Kat's not here.
-What do you mean? Where is she then?
-I told her I was getting in first thing this morning.
That's probably why she took off, save her ears a bit.
Where is she then?
I don't know. She got a phone call and asked me to look after Tommy.
Jean, hold on, she got a phone call? From who?
I dunno. It was her mystery lover(!) SHE LAUGHS
That's funny, isn't it?
Yeah, yeah, exactly.
Come on then, Alfie, let's see what you've got.
Show the dog the rabbit.
Well, the bow-wow will not be disappointed.
You might want to go and get Max, right,
cos once you set your mince pies on these samples,
-see this order book, it's going to be chocka.
-Well, Max ain't here.
What do you mean he's not here? I've got a load of fags.
He went off this morning somewhere.
-Let's have a look, see if this looks as good as you say it is.
Right, forget Berlin, forget Hamburg, all right.
Once we get our Christmas market up and running
we will definitely put Germany in the shade.
Right, make sure you have some lunch please.
You all right, darling?
Can you keep an eye on Abi please, I think she's worried about Jay.
What about Nan?
Your nan's fine.
OK, well, this Ava woman then...?
Mum, I'm just interested.
I mean, does she have any kids, is she married?
She's been in this house, I've seen her
and I didn't even know who she was.
Darling, you've got enough on your plate right now.
You don't need to take that on as well.
If you're talking about Joey, forget him. I have.
No, we can't.
Look, we might be able to get an artificial one down the market.
You know, one that maybe looks a bit like that.
Looks like what?
-Whoa, that looks...
-We could get all the decorations off Alfie.
-They still cost though.
-It is lovely though, innit?
-Imagine what that would look like in our front room.
What? Now I'm a working woman...
Since I'm going to do my new trial at Booty's.
All right, well the last one went belly-up, didn't it?
Well, this one won't, will it?
Anyway, now I've got my new secret weapon, eh, Whit?
Once I've done her hair extensions...
So we can get the tree?
-Maybe not that tree.
But a tree, yeah.
-A proper tree?
-A proper tree.
-With all the trimmings?
-Yeah, a proper tree. With all the trimmings. Why not?
Grandad, you were supposed to get a few streamers, what are you doing?
What, and leave behind the Zwetschgamannla?
-See that here, dried plums.
-That's what it means.
And also we've got the, hold on, let me get this right. The Lebkuchen?
And last and by no means least, wait till you see this,
right, let me get this right.
This is known as the, right, Nussknacker?
You were supposed to get a few samples and bring 'em back.
What are you going to do with all this lot?
We've got some ideas, haven't we?
-Oh, we certainly have, baby. We certainly have.
-Excuse me a sec.
Kat, sweetheart, listen I've left you three messages, darling.
Can you get back to me ASAP. Thank you.
He can't do it, Phil. He just can't face it.
This is his brother we're talking about here.
And that's why, OK? It's just too...raw.
-Yeah, well, Ben's feeling pretty raw right now, an' all.
-Which means he needs all the support he can get.
Yeah, well, I'm not having this, OK. I'm just not having it.
You haven't really got a choice.
No? You want to watch me, OK. Just watch me.
No, not with the state Dad's in right now.
-I'm not having Beale bottle out of this, all right?
-I said, no.
Phil, I'm coming with you.
No, I'm OK, Sharon.
-You are not doing this on your own.
-Look, I said I'm fine.
Well, what about the Social?
I'm meant to be your fiancee and I'm not there?
Well, this ain't about Lexi, is it?
Look, just give me a minute, OK?
Are you sure you don't want me to come with you?
What for? Slap on the wrist, that's what the brief reckons.
I don't want you there, listening to everything. I'll be fine. Really.
Thought we could finish off what we started the other day.
What your mum put a stop to, you mean?
Yeah, well, she isn't here now, is she?
Got a million and one things to do before the wedding.
Listen, Lauren, your mother was right to break it up.
You're too young, too beautiful,
too smart to be spending your days like this with me.
As opposed to?
That's the point. It's up to you. You've got a choice.
Don't get so that you haven't.
I thought this was all about Lexi.
Right, and it's about Ben too now, is it?
Ben's Lexi's Dad.
Jack, Phil'd always help me out if Denny was in trouble.
Now, come here, kiss. Come on.
So who are you going to be helping out next, his Aunt Fanny from Frinton?
Well, you know what they say, Jack, a friend in need...
Is a pain in the backside.
You all right, Poppy? Thanks a lot.
Look, this'll be different this time. I promise.
Is she trialling an' all? I thought it was just me.
So did I. How many more people are doing this?
It's just the two of you, don't go off on one.
-Yeah. Keep your hair on, Bianca.
Tell you what, Poppy, I'll sort Bianca and Lola out if...
Oh, yeah. You get Whitney booked in.
I'm not here for an appointment.
Oh. You want your hair like this?
Lola, do you want to come with me?
I could have stopped all this.
What does that mean?
When I went to see Ben, with Phil, all right.
He wasn't listening to his dad.
And if I'd said to him, "Retract your statement",
then he'd have done it.
But you didn't?
I told him he had to decide what was right.
Which is true.
Yeah, he kind of knew what I was saying and so did Phil.
That's why he was looking daggers at me.
But that wouldn't have changed what he did though.
I mean, nothing you said would've changed that.
Yeah, but he was genuinely sorry, for everything he's done,
-I could see it in his eyes.
-That wouldn't have changed anything.
Heather would still be dead and Ben would still be responsible.
But if he'd taken back his statement, OK,
then maybe he would have managed to have walked out of there,
he could've come back here and been a different person,
maybe everything that's happened,
it might have changed him for the better.
Not going to know now, are we? Not where he's going.
It's just wishful thinking. That's what you're thinking, isn't it?
No, I'm thinking it's too late now anyway.
Derek, there's no laws that say that two Christmas stalls
can't sell the same sort of clobber, is there?
Yeah, and it's not like yours, Tyler's, and ours
are side by side or anything.
Yeah, but you're gaining an advantage.
-Well, you got the best pitch on the market.
Come on, Del, you're not chicken, are you?
Fats, what's the matter with you?
-What did you say? What did you say?
-Now, Derek, hold on a second.
Listen, Derek, mate, we're all going to clean up, aren't we, eh?
All right then, I'll tell you what we'll do.
-We'll have a festive wager.
My stall against yours.
The loser gives up their Christmas Eve's takings.
Oh, what's the matter, Fats?
What, we aren't going chicken, are we?
You all right, B? You all right, Lo?
You haven't come for a trial too, have you?
-Everyone else seems to be today.
No, no, no, no.
I came to give you this.
I brought it all the way from Germany. Just for you.
That's all right.
I should probably...
-Of course, of course. I'll give you a call later.
All right, cool. Take care, ladies. Bye, bye.
Right, shall we see how you got on, shall we?
That's not bad.
Let's have a look at these.
That's not bad at all. It's good. Yeah. Well done, ladies.
You're working for tips only, mind.
I know it's more than you thought, but it's only community service.
It's not like you're going down or anything.
What's the matter?
Abi, Abi, Abi, just...
Just give him time, OK?
Is it my imagination or do Christmas decorations get tackier every year?
If Alfie Moon's got anything at all to do with it.
Still, it's better than hiding yourself away,
staring at four plain walls.
So now I'm back in the land of the living, what are you having?
As a matter of fact, I'm just having one for the road.
I'm going to spend Christmas with my son Anthony.
Cora, I was down at the court with Jay.
I mean, it could have been worse, but he doesn't see it that way.
What about Ben?
That could have been worse.
But it kind of brought home to me, you know,
what Christmas is really about.
Family. Old and new.
-It's all right, Patrick.
It's all right.
LOUD DANCE MUSIC
Where've you been?
Getting ready, obviously.
You are so out of it.
Let's start as we mean to go on, eh?
Can we have three... Can we have three of these...?
Looks like you started a little while ago, Lauren.
Sorry, what? What, have you got something to say, have you, barman?
You...you are not paid to give it any of this, are you? No.
Lauren, just leave it out.
You...you are paid to pour drinks.
Go on, pour. Go on.
Yes, Lauren, I am the barman. And I ain't serving you, all right?
Look at you, you can hardly stand up.
That's got nothing to do with you any more, has it?
I've got the good name of this place to think of.
Go on. Go on, Lauren. Go home.
I just had to get away from everybody.
This is where we did it, made up our story.
Didn't turn out much of a story, mind you.
Ben couldn't handle it, that's all.
My gob was well and truly shut.
You had your moments.
Not like his.
Well, he had more to...more to get off his chest.
I mean, he's the one that...
I never stopped him, you know.
How could you?
You said it yourself, didn't you, it just all happened so quickly.
I could have stopped him from going round Heather's in the first place.
You didn't know what he was going to do, did you?
Well, I saw the state he was in.
It was a fair bet that something was going to happen.
And you're not the one that should be
beating themselves up about it either.
Well, you weren't there, so you didn't know what was going to happen.
What, you don't think I didn't know what he was like?
And how sick he was?
He was a time-bomb, Jay, just waiting to go off and I knew it.
If it hadn't been Heather, it'd have been someone,
someone sooner or later.
And by rights it should have been me.
I mean, I was the one he was mad at.
Did he say anything to you?
'Cept when they led him away and he looked over and...
He smiled as if to say that everything was OK.
And suddenly it was like...
It was like I was the kid and he was my old man.
But I should have done something.
-I should have done something, something before.
Got him some help or something, I don't know.
But we don't do that, do we? Not this family, no.
No, we keep it close and we sort it out ourselves.
And not for the first time neither.
I let him down, Jay.
I should've done something instead of covering it all up
and denying everything, and Ben,
he could have got the help that he needed, you know.
And you and Ian,
you wouldn't have gone through the hell that you went through
and most important of all, Heather would still be here, wouldn't she?
And I can't do anything about any of that, Jay.
I can't do anything. Not now.
But I can do something about you.
And I know...I know you don't want any advice from me,
and I don't blame you, OK?
But I'm going to give it to you anyway.
Move on, Jay. Just move on.
Meaning get out of your life?
No, no, no.
I mean, you know, just get your head down,
do your community service.
Just get out of here.
And no. No, not get out of my life,
I could never cut you out of my family.
No matter what happened, you're as much a part of my family as Ben.
But look, Jay, look what I did to him.
Look what I did to him.
I don't want that. I don't want that to happen to you.
I don't want to ruin your life as well.
Well, like you said, I've never been much good at taking advice.
-Just think about it, yeah?
Jay, I'm sorry.
I'm sorry, son. I'm sorry, son.
I'm sorry. I'm sorry, son.
Kat, listen, it's Alfie. This is the fourth message I've... Kat!
-Took longer than I thought.
Was that really what it was about?
The good of the club?
I told you to go, Lauren.
Yeah, and you've told me a lot of things.
-I don't understand...
-I can't explain, all right?
What does that mean - you can't explain?
-Cos I thought you'd already explained it?
-Lauren, all right...
Just forget it, all right.
Just forget about everything.
No, no, it's for the best, all right? It is.
What do you think?
It's a welcome-home present.
-Kat, it's lovely.
-Took me ages to choose that frame.
Look, got some lovely food.
If you'd told me you were getting back earlier I could've done that for you an' all.
What, and you've been out doing this all day, yeah?
You're worth it.
But I don't understand why. I mean, the christening was ages ago...
What's the matter?
I've actually got you a present.
If you've brought back a Lederhosen thong...
Couldn't resist it. Actually, you've caught me out.
I know this is not your mum's ring or anything,
but if you look at it carefully the stones are really similar.
Alfie, it's lovely.
Is something wrong?
-I feel a bit bad.
This is such a sweet thought.
What's there to feel bad about?
Well, because half the stuff I got is just for me,
but you've gone and got me something for myself.
It was Grant, wasn't it? That's who you were thinking about,
when you told Jay it wasn't the first time you should have said something.
You really did hear everything, didn't you?
Well, I don't need to, not really.
I've seen it all at close quarters, haven't I?
The Mitchells - dealing with their own.
Does explain one thing though.
You getting all touchy with that fostering bloke.
All that about how you shouldn't be trusted bringing up Lexi.
Well, I failed with one kid big-time, didn't I?
Well, it makes it even more important then, doesn't it?
That you don't with her.
That whatever mistakes you made with Ben, you... Well, you put right.
And you think I can do that?
Oh! You all right, love? You couldn't sleep?
No. I'm fine.
Great. Big day today.
Come on, kids. Get up!
Yeah, let's hope the menu improves by tea time.
You're not coming for tea, Derek. You have moved out.
Yes. Moved out. Moved out, not anorexic.
I'm just ironing your good shirt.
I don't like that shirt. Looks like wee.
Why were you sitting in the dark for ages?
Your mum was preparing herself for her big day.
You get yourself ready. I'll sort the kids out.
I don't know what she's fussing about. I'm going to make loads of money in tips
and get the most amazing Christmas tree ever!
Just do your best.
And try and, er, think before you speak, yeah?
I do know how to make tips, you know.
Mummy is going to come back with spondoolies!
Right. I was going to post these, but seeing as how you're leaving...
It's just a pressie for Jimmy
and there's this mince pie recipe that Carly was after.
Who said that I was going anywhere?
Apparently, she's just back for the sentencing.
-There you go. She's gone.
-Shirley wouldn't make it that easy.
The judge has made his decision. There's nothing she can do now.
Oh. Lexi's care order.
As soon as she finds out she's Ben's, she'll be straight in, mucking things up.
Phil, you haven't slept. You're just freaking yourself out. Shirley's gone.
I've, er... I've got to show up at the prison.
You know, if Ben hasn't asked for you, you can't see him.
Well, he's at least got to know I tried, ain't he?
And if Shirl's hanging round, call me, yeah?
It's seven-thirty in the morning.
What does he think he's playing at?
It's just till the care order hearing next week. OK?
Jack, why don't you come back here later for a bit of lunch, eh?
Just the two of us?
Well, unless Phil sends out the bat signal that is, of course?
Twelve o'clock. I'll be here.
All right, Shirl?
You've heard, then?
Do you think four years is fair?
Don't matter what I think.
What, your life's been ruined and you're not entitled to an opinion?
Phil is laughing at us. He's laughing at Hev.
Look, you've got to live with it, or it'll drive you mad.
No, we don't have to live with it!
I don't want Phil to be punished any more.
Right! You're coming with me.
Bianca's got the kids' hopes up about Christmas,
reckons she can do it all on tips.
-You know if I could afford to pay her, I would.
-I know, I know.
I just wondered if one of the girls could have a trim
and tip Bianca with this.
So she don't come home feeling like a failure.
Yes, of course.
-Cheers. Thanks, Tanya.
-See you, Carol.
-So I'll come pick you up from the salon?
What about Lauren? She going to meet us there?
Um, I think she's probably forgotten.
She's a bit shaken up still, ain't she?
-And your mum? You definitely don't want her to know about the scan?
What are you two whispering about?
Christmas. Just...blooming Christmas, eh?
That's the spirit.
See you later.
What's wrong with you? What, are you hungover?
-You only came out of hospital two weeks ago.
-You shouldn't be drinking in your condition.
All right, shall we lay off her?
I'll see you later.
Mum, can we spend some time together today? Just me and you?
Sorry, darling, I would love to
but I'm just too busy at the salon today.
Tell you what, your Auntie Carol wants to make sure Bianca gets this in tips.
So why don't you come and have your hair done on me?
Bit of pampering, yeah?
I'm fine. I'm fine, darling.
I'll see you later.
You remember what happened here?
How dare you look at me and say Phil has been punished enough?
What are you thinking?
-Look, on my dad's grave, he's just trying to be a better bloke.
Well, he tried to sort my head out.
Now he's trying to be Lexi's foster carer.
Lexi? She's been taken into care?
Well, Billy's happy that Phil's stepped in.
Phil, bringing up a baby? What's he getting out of this?
Lexi's a Mitchell.
Look, if it's revenge you're after, then I can't help you, Shirl.
Here you are, a cup of tea.
Don't know how I've had time to do that in between all the sweeping.
Aw, thanks, hon.
Be lovely, won't it, you and me working together?
So, these tips that we're working for, me and her.
The money's in the shampooing, isn't it?
You know her sort.
No graft, like a rat up a drainpipe soon as a client walks in.
Why don't you just send your clients my way, yeah?
Um, I think it's best you and Lola take it in turns, yeah?
I thought we were going to be mates.
Yeah, just, um, I'm not taking sides.
Ladies, could someone give Mrs Richards a shampoo?
I'm on it! Hi. Take a seat.
Can I get you a cup of tea?
I hope you know drinking's not the answer.
Still got a few minutes before class if you want that chat...
You got drunk last night because you were scared.
On TV, it says if you talk about those feelings, you'll feel better.
I don't even care about the accident, Abi.
Why are you being like this?
This is so unfair.
How is this not fair on you?
Every time you get like this,
there's some massive secret about to blow.
OK. Well, there is no secret, so...
Yes, there is.
No, there ain't.
Well, say it again.
Abi, there is no secret. There you go.
Is Dad having an affair?
-Is it to do with you?
-It is, isn't it?
-Abi, just let it go.
No. Because you are freaking me out.
I will not stop until you tell me. I will ask Mum.
I'll ask Dad. Is it boy trouble?
Are you pregnant?
No! Why don't you just go and ask Nan about her secret daughter?
-I was joking.
-No, you weren't. What daughter?
Just leave it, Abs. Yeah?
So this is how you'd like it styled, but just a trim, yeah?
Poppy, can you pass the scissors?
They're like a pack of hyenas. Not very professional is it, Tan?
-Not now, Bianca.
-Babe, you ready?
-All right, Max?
-Lola's nicking all the tips cos she sits on her backside all day, sink hogging. It's not fair!
I'll wait for you downstairs.
See you later, Max.
Lola, Poppy. Can I have a word, please?
-While I'm gone, Lola and Bianca take it in turns on shampoos, OK?
That is what we agreed.
It's like pox on a rat every time a client comes in.
-Right, well, toss a coin, then. Happy?
-Right. I've got to get to my scan.
-Everything all right?
Yeah, it's nothing. It's nothing.
Listen, Bianca, I know these tips mean a lot to you
but, please, don't raise your voice in the salon.
I'm doing lunch. I can't stop.
Aw...a romantic lunch for Jack?
If that's not guilt talking, I don't know what is.
Make it quick.
What's this I hear about Phil,
begging to bring up a screaming baby?
Is it because he cares about the mother and child bond?
Who told you that?
What aren't YOU telling me?
Phil's done a lot of bad stuff in his past,
but he's doing everything he can to keep Lola and Lexi together.
You know, I wish I was as dumb as you look when it concerns Phil.
It's sad what anger's done to you.
He's trying it on with you and it's working.
There's nothing going on with me and Phil.
If you hadn't stormed off last night,
-we could have explained it to you.
-Why don't you just admit it?
Then I might have a bit of respect for you.
We are just friends.
No, you're not. There are things that you should know about Phil.
Know Phil? I've years on you.
You ever stuck him in the shower when he's vomited on himself?
Have him scream in your face?
Have you ever seen him on crack?
Oh. Didn't he tell you?
And I thought you two were so close.
In between cheating on me with another crackhead
and burning down the Vic.
So after all you know about Phil,
you're still happy to have him around your kid?
The drugs, the booze - the mess he made of his own kid's life?
-And you call yourself a mother?
-Get out, Shirley.
You may not care about your kid, but I am telling you now -
I will not let him near Lola's baby.
Girly chat, was it?
Looks like you're getting dragged into Phil's car crash of a life to me.
Heads! No, tails, tails, tails.
Oh, I was going to say heads!
We did do best of three. Better luck next time, yeah?
Ho, ho, ho... Oh.
Merry Christmas. So can we get you washed?
Uh, no. It's Bianca I'm after.
Oh. Suit yourself.
That's it. Keep it in the family, cuz?
So, what do you want a little trim?
One of them bobs'd suit you.
Er, no, thanks. Where's my mum?
She's gone for her scan.
Maybe I could take a little bit of this off your face, Lauren?
-Where you going?
Merry Christmas. Can I get you a cup of tea or anything?
We didn't toss for that woman.
You were busy. Sorry.
Abi keeps leaving these messages, asking me how I am.
What's her game?
I was going to come round about that.
I told Abi about Ava.
She had it in her head that something was wrong. It just came out, Nan.
I kept that secret for years.
Do you know what it took to trust you with it?
And it "just came out"?
OK, Nan, I can't deal with the character-bashing right now.
You do know Mum's having her MRI?
None of my business.
Well...she is your daughter.
She's your mother. Why aren't you at the hospital?
Cos I forgot.
Yeah, I know. I know.
But at least I know it.
Lola. Have you seen Shirley?
Look, keep your distance from her.
Well, she might try and cause trouble.
It's best you don't tell her anything about what we're doing -
especially that Ben's the dad.
Shirley wants to muck up the fostering?
Look, I've left a message with Phil. He'll come back and sort it.
I need some air.
Everything all right at home?
Yeah. I was, um... I was just passing.
See how you are.
Thought we could have a catch-up.
I know why you're here, Abi.
Would it kill you to pick up your phone?
Don't I even get an hello?
Listen. Jay told me about Lexi being taken into care.
I hear that Phil's helping you out.
-What do you want, Shirl?
-Why would he do that?
I mean, it's not to help you and Billy - he's never cared before.
-Yeah, he cares now. So just leave it.
-Even if he does, so what?
Phil raises this kid, you'll end up with a Ben.
Where was you when my daughter got taken, eh? You wasn't here.
But Phil was.
He filled out all the forms and he came to all the meetings.
Him and Sharon have really helped me.
Ava was mine - for a second.
Don't you ever wonder about her?
I loved her. And I gave her away.
What else is there to say?
What about her dad?
He was very special to me.
Does Ava know?
She didn't give me a chance.
You've met her?
Your mother brought her to my door.
She walked away.
I've got to respect that.
What, so that's it, then? But you're her birth mum.
I'm well aware I gave birth to her, Abi.
Don't worry about me, darling. I'm old.
I've got used to the situation.
You're just like Lauren. She's stubborn too.
You worried about Lauren?
Yeah, there's something going on. And it's not just the crash.
That's just her nature, darling.
I irritate her.
Because you ask too many questions.
She does need you.
Sometimes, you've just got to let people know you're there,
that you're sticking around.
No questions, no talking.
Maybe Ava doesn't have anyone there for her.
She had nice parents, apparently.
-Thinking you never mattered must be tough.
-She did matter!
But those thoughts are in your head.
She doesn't even know who her dad is.
Beautiful. Oh, and that hand massage -
Bianca, credit where it's due,
they must've trained you really well in that...
Yeah. So, do you want any tea and biccies before you go?
Tell you what, I am loving this service!
Sorry I kept changing my mind about the colour, by the way.
You're all right.
Gave us loads more time to talk about how Kim's been getting on your nerves, didn't it?
-That's £10, please.
-There you go.
What is that? I didn't do all that massaging for nothing, you know.
That couldn't even get me half a scratchcard! You having a laugh?
I was actually digging out a fiver.
Denise, I am so sorry. Some complimentary vouchers will be in the post.
Thank you. Why don't you post a muzzle to her while you're at it?
Tan, I'm really sorry.
How was your appointment?
Why don't you go home, eh? Try again tomorrow.
Sharon. I just got your message.
I'm back. Give me a call, yeah?
You want to get cosy with Sharon? Get a room.
Leave Lexi out of it.
Her kid's in care and the only thing on your mind is a fake engagement.
You are sick, you are evil. You're using the kid's baby
so you can shack up with that woman.
We've got more chance of getting Lexi home
if social services think me and Sharon's a couple.
That's going to take a stretch! And since when was this Lexi's "home"?
No, Pops wants this too.
Oh, what, Billy rolled over?
I know what it's like to lose kids.
I don't want that happening to Lola and Billy.
That's all this thing with me and Sharon's about.
I don't believe you.
-Well, Lola does, so...
One call to the social about your lie, and it's all over.
You don't need him. I'll stick around. We'll get Lexi back.
Lola, I know how scared you are.
But think about how far we've come.
Everything that comes out of his mouth is a lie.
You are poison.
Give us a second, will you?
So who's this about?
You or Lola?
Don't drag me down to your level.
Well, hear me out. If you still think this is about me and Sharon shacking up,
I'll hand you the phone myself.
-What's film's this, look? Raaarr!
Oi, easy with the carrots. I'm not Bugs Bunny.
You'll get what you're given. And you could make a little contribution towards the Christmas tree.
-Course I will.
-Mum's sorting Christmas.
Look, whatever happens, be nice to your mum. She's tried her best.
So no Christmas, then.
Ooh, you're back early.
Come home to do the kids' tea.
We can do it together.
How much did you make, Mum?
Billy's the only one left. Of course I'm going to help him out.
I don't believe you.
You don't want to believe me.
Shirley, you ain't stupid.
Doing this for the one bit of family I've got left
makes more sense than the idea you got about Sharon.
You'd do anything to get your hands back on that woman.
If I wanted her, I'd just go for it, wouldn't I?
Not all this softly-softly fake engagement.
You keep Lexi in care
just to get back at me, who's that hurting, eh?
And Ben, he's behind bars. What more do you want?
Four years. You call that justice?
You tell me what to do and I'll do it.
You don't even understand what you did to me.
Yes, I do.
I do. I lied.
So what ain't I understanding?
Eh? I lied. And I...I kept lying.
And at the end of it, I chose to ruin your life rather than Ben's.
And you know what, Shirley? I'd do it again.
There was never going to be any nice answers. He's my son.
Of course... Of course I'd do it again.
But I wish, Shirley, I truly wish it'd been anyone else
but you that got hurt.
You've still got a son.
He don't want to know.
After all that...
..you still lost him?
Look around you, Shirl. I've got nothing.
If I'd got what you got -
a daughter, a grandkid -
I'd be on the first train out of here.
So what are you doing here, Shirley?
I'm think I'm done here.
-Can we wait here, please, darling?
Right. Sister time. Ice cream, DVD.
Why can't you just stop?
It's nothing. Nothing.
Look. You don't need to tell me your secrets.
I'm here and I'm not going anywhere.
Oh, Lauren...come here.
I'm at work.
I won't keep you a minute.
Yeah. I didn't think there was anything more to say either.
You know, your dad meant a lot to me.
It wasn't just one night.
He gave me this.
I've always kept it close.
You should have it.
-You take care of yourself, yeah?
-Yeah, and you.
Don't think I don't know you were smoking in that room. Them curtains are rancid.
You tell Lola to keep her chin up.
Don't you worry about Lola.
She'll make sure there's none of Ben in that baby.
What's Ben got to do with it?
One more week and it'll just be the two of us. I promise, Jack.
See? We said nothing bad would happen.
Lost everything? You lying piece of filth.
You stand there with the bird you're about to nick off him
and the kid whose baby you're about to steal.
Go on, tell Lola the truth.
That as soon as you get your hands on your granddaughter -
your Ben replacement - she's going to be out the picture.
-You don't know what you're talking about.
-Shut up, you bimbo!
-Come on, let's go.
-No. You don't understand. Phil wouldn't do that.
-I know him.
-None of you know what he's like.
I know what he's up to with Lexi
and I know he'd rather walk away from me than deal with it in the usual Phil Mitchell way.
Why are you so scared of me, Phil?
Yeah, you stew on that.
He's not helping Lola. He's helping himself.
20 years and you still don't know what he's like?
What is wrong with you? And you?
You are crazy to trust him over me.
-Do yourself a favour - walk away.
-The doormat speaks.
He's taking your woman and you're still whistling his tune.
-There's nothing going on.
-You've already lost her, Jack.
He's going to destroy every one of you.
Cos Phil...he always wins.
The truth will catch up with you the minute I let it.
You won't win with me.
Ain't you going to be late for work?
I got the morning off.
You know, you've got a nice little tickle there.
You don't want to lose it.
I'm owed some time...
Nice office, get to go to work all dressed smart...
Nothing wrong, is there?
This ain't about you moving out again, is it?
Dad, it's not about anything.
ANSWERING MACHINE: 'Hi. If you want to leave a message...'
Yes, mate, yeah, he said he'd definitely do it for me.
But as long as I can pick it up next week though, yeah?
All right, I'll hold.
Oi, come here, you.
What are you doing?!
-They've put me on hold.
It's not your lucky day. It's my dad, I better get it.
Hey, ask if he wants to be Santa in the Christmas market.
He'd be great! Yeah, he wouldn't need much padding...
Yeah, I'm still here, mate.
All right, all right!
-I need to speak to Sharon.
-Yeah, well, she's in the shower.
-Yeah, well, it'll have to wait, won't it?
Anything I can help you with?
Tell her not to believe a word Shirley says.
Worried she might talk Sharon out of you two playing happy families?
Cos after what she said last night, maybe Shirley's decided
to put an end to this ridiculous engagement.
Yeah, well, she'd be wrong.
And what if Social Services find out?
-How's that going to happen?
-They're not stupid, are they?
You're saying Shirley's going to tell them?
Oh, well, that someone wants to think very careful about their future.
You threatening me?
You take it how you want. I'm just stating a fact.
You want to be very careful, Phil.
Social Services aren't too keen on grandads who start fights.
Oh, look at you!
I like to look the best for my boys.
Nice! Oh, listen, sweetheart, did you ask Charlie
if he fancied being Santa at Christmas or what?
Two weeks in a grotto? He'll end up freezing his baubles off!
It's all right, he'll have a heater, won't he?
This market's doing my head in. What about us?
Yes, I know, darling. I know, I know, I know.
But once it's all sorted...
You know, give me a chance to get out and get everything we need
to make the best family Christmas ever, all right?
You're going back to Germany?
Stratford. I just need to pick up some bits and pieces, that's all.
-Good, cos we need you here.
-Yeah, is that right?
-Cheap barmen are hard to find.
-Oh, very funny! There goes me ribs.
-Right, cup of tea?
You should be moving on.
Still got to catch up with some old friends.
Don't make life hard on yourself, Shirley.
You should keep out of my business, and move on.
And what business is that, Phil?
You scamming the Social Services to get your grandaughter,
or you moving in on Sharon?
I told you, she's just helping me get Lexi back, for Lola.
Yeah, cos you're all heart, aren't you?
Just don't get in my way, Shirley.
Thought I might stick around.
Don't want to miss the fireworks when they blow up in your face.
So, Joey's finished the milk. Again.
But it's all right. I'll get some on the way home,
and also I'll get something for dinner. What do you want?
Penny worth of scraps...
and ask the butcher for a couple of bones for the dog.
When we were skint, my mum used to make out we had a dog.
She made beautiful beef soup.
Did your dog like soup?
-Nah, me neither. It's a bit...
a bit watery.
-I'm going out.
-Yeah, me too.
So... What should I get?
Don't worry about it, leave it to me.
About time I got my life back in order.
OK. Well, erm...
Just don't get soup, yeah?
# I'm a top scrubber, top scrubber, top scrubber... #
Oh, finally, your ambition fulfilled(!)
The Environmental Health said that my kitchen is spotless,
mouse free and ready to re-open.
Oh, so that's what passes for excitement these days,
having your work tops inspected?
Don't knock it!
The bed has got its breakfast back.
Time to start making money again.
Right, so you've come back in here to stock up again?
No, I'll do that at the cash and carry.
Why? Support your local shop.
Yeah, but you don't stock the range that I want, do you?
You see, I like to give my customers choice.
Like Ray said, I am a service industry.
Yeah, well, we're all about the service.
You'd wouldn't have guessed it.
I'm so sorry Mr Beale, what can I do for you?
Gazette. Keep the change. Looks like you could do with it.
Well, you're not exactly rushed off your feet, are you?
It's the mid-morning lull.
You need to jazz this place up a bit, you know, D.
You know, big sign, funky lighting...
Yeah, yeah, speaking.
Is there something wrong with the application?
Nah, nah, it's not a problem.
Yeah, I'll see you later.
-'Hi. If you want to leave a message, please do so after the beep...'
Give me a call, yeah? As soon as you get this message. Please.
-KNOCK AT DOOR
Where have you been? I've been knocking.
Really, that was you?
Who's rattled your cage?!
What do you want, Derek?
There's something wrong with my Alice.
-What do you want me to do about it?
-I want you to talk to her.
-You talk to her.
She said there was nothing wrong.
Well, there's your answer.
Ah, but there is something wrong!
I'm her father, I can sense these things.
Well, you modern men...
Oi, oi, oi! I can do feelings with the best of them.
Only, on this occasion, I think a maiden aunt is called for.
Eh, you're not too old for a clip around the ear!
Please, Carol, talk to her.
I can't. I'm busy. Anyway, I'm going to work this afternoon.
Well, you can at least put the kettle on!
You got anything to eat?
No, seriously, you'll make a lovely little Santa's elf, you will.
Who's going to look after all the Christmas functions?
I can't be Santa's little helper and manage everything else.
Yeah, well, Tommy can't wait.
He won't go to bed in case Santa comes early, will he?
That's cos you've got him over excited.
Ah, you want over excited?
My nana, right?
She used to put the decorations up in November.
By Christmas, we were ready to explode.
All kids need their sleep.
Stacey and Sean were in bed by 7pm every night.
Thanks to Brian...
Jean, you know better than anybody. Tommy hates going to bed.
-Well, you should be stricter with him.
-Yeah? Well, I can't.
Do you want to know what works?
A story, and one of those scented candles.
Before you know it, he's away with the fairies.
He slept like an angel when you were away.
Did you find everything you were looking for today?
Yes, I did, thank you.
And...would you say that you come in here
because of our good value, we're local, or our product range?
Oh! OK, well... Erm, that one.
I couldn't be bothered to go to the High Street.
OK. OK, I can work with that.
-No, it's dead.
Money's tight, Denise.
I specialise in the essentials. I ain't even selling them.
Well, maybe if I... jazzed the place up a bit?
Oi, oi, oi! You sound like Kim now, OK?
You need a... I don't know... A gimmick...?
-Now you sound like Alfie.
How can anyone lose a stiletto in a toilet, eh?
-Social services are calling round.
Well, they suddenly decide to come round and see us?
I reckon they've had a tip off. They're trying to catch us out.
A tip off? We're planning to foster, not the Brink's Mat robbery.
If someone's told them we ain't together, that's it. It's over.
You sure it's not an appointment you forgot to write down?
Nah, nah, nah. Anyway, it's a different geezer.
Why would they send round a new social worker, eh?
I reckon Jack's called them.
No, Jack wouldn't!
-All right, well, Shirley, then?
-Look, it doesn't matter.
She can say what she likes, as long as we stick to our story.
Maybe she's just missing her mum.
I was in the nick for ten years and I never missed her once!
Yeah, well, thankfully, Alice don't take after you.
She's talking about moving back there.
Oh, I can't blame her.
I mean, she's in a different house, in a different area,
she's got none of her old mates around her...
She's got me!
-What more does she want?
-Oh, yeah, well, where do I begin, Derek?
All right, I concede that maybe she might need
the influence of another woman, occasionally.
-Move in with us.
-Move in with you?!
Yeah, it makes perfect sense.
Oh, right. Alice gets a mum and you get a cook and a cleaner.
No, Alice can help with some of the cleaning...
-Come on, Carol.
No, Derek. I am not going to move in with YOU.
What are you going to do here? I mean, you're only a skivvy here.
Oi! Thank you.
Look, Bianca will be all right.
All she needs is a bit of re-adjusting time.
And what's going to happen to you then?
You must be tired of looking after kids by now?
Yeah, that's why I'm staying away from you, Derek.
-I'll pay you.
-I've got a job, thank you!
Oh, come on, Carol, please. I need you.
All right, all right. We'll sort out a proper wage.
Parenting is not about money, Derek.
And if it was, you couldn't afford me.
-Tommy's being a real grouch, so I'm going to feed him
and see if that cheers him up. Do you want anything?
-No, no, I'm good. Why don't you let him have a nap?
-Or you could light one of those candles, couldn't you?
I don't know. Jean was going on about some... What are they?
Scented candles that help him sleep.
I ain't got any more left.
-Tell me where you got them, I'll go and get some.
-I can't remember!
Oh, well, why don't you try and remember?
Darling, it's worth a try if it's going to help him sleep.
-Where was it? The market, the Minute Mart...?
-Yeah, the Minute Mart.
-They were on special offer.
Why can't you and Kat just fill out the order forms properly?
Sorry, I beg your pardon, I thought that was the job of the management?
That's very funny. Very funny.
Management might have to look at how many staff we employ.
Come on, Peroxide, you know you couldn't manage without me.
Kat managed all right whilst you were away.
Rox, come on, you know we're not over-staffed.
We are if people aren't drinking!
It was so quiet the first night you left, Kat had to shut early.
First I've heard of that.
Well, it's not just us.
I was talking to Denise, business is bad all over.
I'm telling you, we need a good Christmas.
So, how many people were in, then?
I don't know, I was at Aunt Sal's. Jean told me.
I don't know, maybe Kat was feeling unwell, or...?
Oh, nothing. Nothing.
Are you two all right?
Yes, of course we are, darling.
We're solid as a rock. Rock of Gibraltar and all that...
You could have these five oranges for £1, or,
special deal, cos you're my favourite, OK?
You can have 12 for £2.50.
There you go, love. Wonderful.
-Thank you. Merry Christmas.
You never forget how to sell.
Oh, that's very hygienic, isn't it?
Picking it up off the floor and then putting it back?
Tell you what, as it's Christmas...
Have one on the house.
Make sure you wash it before you eat it!
If I knew why this social worker was coming, I'd know what to say.
-I'm sure it's nothing to worry about.
-I'm trying to do the right thing.
It seems like you're the only one that understands that.
-Phil, it'll be all right.
-Why don't people understand, eh?
The front that we've been putting up,
the lies we've telling, it's for Lexi, innit?
And why would anybody risk her future just to get one over on me?
Look, we don't know anyone said anything.
And even if they had, we'll deny it.
We'll show them we're together, and that we're both here for Lexi. OK?
You having a bad day, Lola?
Get used to it.
You're going to be a lot of those as you go through life.
But you're a mum. That's something special.
Yeah, but what if she forgets me?
What if she forgets what I look like, that I'm her mum...?
Kids know when they're loved.
Look, Shirl, I know you hate Phil,
but Lexi is my baby.
Please, please, don't stop her from coming home.
If there's any justice in this world...
..she'll be back in no time.
Interesting, but I don't quite see me in either of those jobs.
You have to think outside the box, Cora.
Cora, listen up, sweetheart,
I've got the perfect temporary position for you, OK?
Hear me out.
Uniform supplied, sociable hours and great job satisfaction, darling.
I do not want to be Santa Claus, thank you very much.
All right, elf helper?
Nah. I don't look good in green.
Well, it was worth a try, wasn't it, eh?
Management. Now that's more me...
Isn't this Dot's old job?
Mr Popa... Popa...
I thought you were taking charge, getting in control?
How is sitting here drinking going to pay the rent?
I'm looking for a job! And this is orange juice.
What can I get you?
Oh, nothing. No, thanks.
Cora, you have so much to give,
and you're the sort of person that needs to keep active.
Give me a break, darling. I'm trying to get myself together.
Really, I am.
And I am being active!
I'm making the tea tonight, aren't I?
Remember, you wanted soup.
I don't like soup...
Shall I get you something else, then?
Oh, yeah. Do you mind? Thanks. Thank you.
No, thank you.
-See you later, eh?
-Yeah, all right. See you later. Bye.
Well, don't over-do it.
They ain't been tipped off about my dusting, have they?
KNOCK AT DOOR Let me do the talking, yeah?
-We ain't going to be pushed around in our own house...
Remember, happy families, yeah?
Be strong and convince them we're ready to take care of Lexi.
Yeah, yeah. >
You've been expecting me, I'm from the Foster Team... >
This is Sharon. You're Mr...?
Call me Dave. I'm on the Foster Assessment team.
Just covering for Rick.
So, er.. What do we owe the pleasure of this visit?
Just routine. If it's convenient?
Everything all right?
Why wouldn't it be?
No reason. Cup of tea?
I...I ain't got any milk.
Do you...want something else?
I don't know, whatever...
Soft drink, obviously.
Horrible being judged, isn't it?
But don't worry, you do get used to it.
We've got nothing to hide, have we?
I'm sure you haven't.
So, why today? Why the sudden visit?
I was just passing. I thought you'd want to keep the process moving...
You do still want to foster, don't you?
-Who have you been talking to?
-Yeah, of course we do!
We can't wait to have Lexi with us, can we?
Good. So let's start with a few questions,
a few things that weren't quite covered in your last interview...
Sorry, Denise, you can only consume foods
that are bought on the premises, I'm afraid.
The orange. I'm joking.
I'm kidding. What can I get you?
-Glass of white wine, please.
-All right, love, coming up.
Oh, I know what I mean to ask you. You do candles, don't you?
-Yeah, we do candles.
-You know, like, scented ones?
-Yeah, they help Tommy sleep
and apparently you had them on special offer.
No, we ain't got scented candles.
Really? It's just that Kat said that she got them from you...
-We could order you some!
-No, no, no.
Don't worry about it, it's fine.
Cheer up, might never happen.
Tell me something.
How many customers did you used to get a day in the charity shop?
It was busiest in the evenings and weekends cos of the students.
And you never advertised?
No money for that.
People came for the market,
then they saw us, and we were cheaper.
You'll need to think about your circle of support.
Everyone's keen to help at first, but after a while,
it will be just the two of you.
You need to think about that when you prepare Lexi's care plan.
So, if I can write a nice plan, I get my grandaughter?
-And that'll make me a good foster parent, will it?
You can't just think about the first few weeks.
Lexi could be with you for some time. You've got to think about the future.
Can you see what the future holds?
No, but you have to be prepared.
And life's panning out how you expected, is it?
I don't think we need to pry, darling...
I learned years ago that anything is possible,
but the impossible rarely happens.
Disappointment goes hand in hand with survival.
You've got to think about finances, too.
Kids are not cheap. You've got a wedding coming up, haven't you?
Yeah, yeah, we have.
But, as we said before, we've both got jobs, so I don't think money's going to be a problem.
Money don't come into it.
So, why go through it all again?
I know I wouldn't.
Kids are such hard work, even for a couple.
-She's a big responsibility.
-Are you sure you can both cope?
On top of getting married,
could put a lot of strain on your relationship...
Well, kids can make a marriage.
I'm not sure I agree with you.
I've got one kid who refuses to go to school.
The other wants to be in a heavy metal band when she grows up.
You want stress, come round my house.
That's family life. It's what we love.
So, you didn't fancy the mid-life crisis, Phil?
Single life, bachelor pad, no ties?
No! No, he can't wait.
He's great with kids, probably better than I am.
Not everyone would agree with you.
You'll be great.
Some people round here would like to see me screw up.
Some of your friends don't think this is a good idea?
Most people have been very supportive.
Have you thought that maybe they're right?
Maybe they can see things clearer than you two?
Or maybe they're just interfering...
We have thought about this very carefully
and we have the support of all our friends and family.
That's not true though, is it, Dave?
-Somebody phone you up, did they?
Tell you that things weren't been right between me and Sharon?
You're going through a stressful time...
Well, most couples have their ups and downs.
I don't know what you've heard, but we'll work through it, won't we?
I don't care what you've heard, all right?
I want you to hear the truth from me.
Me and Sharon...
Me and Sharon, we've...
We've decided to call off the engagement.
So Tommy's asleep, then?
You'll be lucky!
He's got his toy tool kit out. He's taking the wardrobe apart.
Kat, he's a growing lad, he needs his kip, don't he?
So, er... Candles didn't work, then?
You know... You know, Kat, the scented candles that he likes.
Look, I told you, I haven't got any more left.
Right. But you said the Minute Mart had them, right?
Yeah, that's right.
I'm going to read him a story. That always sends him off.
I'm sorry to hear you guys have spilt up.
It's amicable, and Sharon still wants to be a part of Lexi's life.
Yeah, it... It was the right thing to do.
Well, thank you for your honesty.
I just want what's best for Lexi,
but if you want to know anything about me or my family,
you've only got to ask, and I'll put you straight.
That's good to know.
So, who told you?
-About me and Sharon?
No-one, and there's nothing in your notes.
But your application will have to be changed and reassessed
in the light of this new information.
So... What happens now?
Well, your application for Lexi
was based on you AND Sharon caring for her.
Obviously, we'll have to rewrite it
and at next week's family group conference,
you can decide how you'll meet Lexi's needs.
We'll be in touch.
-Could you get the door, please?
-Yeah, of course.
It was very nice to meet you.
Can I speak to Mr...
Why? Why would you do that?
Get in first.
Well, he didn't know anything. He thought we were a couple!
Well, now he's going to believe every word we tell him.
Yeah, and you could lose Lexi.
It was only a matter of time before somebody said something.
-It must have been Shirley.
No. No, he's OK with it. He knows why we're doing it, he wouldn't...
This morning, he said it was only a matter of time
before somebody grassed us up. Half an hour later I get the call...
No, Jack is not like that. He'd put Lexi first.
You really don't know him, do you?
You like to think of yourself as a bit of an entrepreneur, don't you?
Well, I've had my moments.
So, what elements do you think a business needs to succeed?
Well, the right product, right price...
Yeah, but where do you get punters if they're not coming in?
That's the beauty of the free economy. You steal someone else's.
Thanks, Ian. You know, it's good talking to an expert.
Oh, here you are.
You might be needing that.
Sharon's all yours.
Well, she always was.
The engagement's off.
What? You worried Social Services might get a tip off?
Cos they've already been told.
Because me and Sharon agree that some lowlife might grass us up.
And I don't like people thinking they can have one over on me.
Well, that makes a change, you doing the right thing.
Well, I hope so. For your sake.
Because if my grandaughter ends up in full time care,
I'm holding you personally responsible.
TANYA: What the hell is that?
MAX: That is Christmas.
-I'm not having that outside my house.
-Oi! Don't upset his feelings.
-What are we going to do about presents?
-Well, haven't you got me something already?
-Ah, I might have got you something quite special.
No, wait, wait, wait.
KAT: Alfie, shut the curtains.
I'm practising for Christmas, ain't I, eh?
Jumping out of bed, throwing open the curtains, waving at the peasants.
What about this peasant? Don't she get any attention?
Have you seen that reindeer?
Yeah, it's sick.
Sick as in like, "Wow, amazing"?
Sick as in..."not well".
Cheers mate, thanks.
-Oi. Let me help you with that.
-Haven't you got a gym to run?
-Yeah, well, I like to warm up first, don't I?
Right, now that I've got you to myself at last,
how about some lunch? You know, celebrate.
-Not sure celebrate's the right word.
-Oh, it is from where I'm standing.
Yeah, well, Phil might not agree.
Look, if he's fessed up to the social then that's because he's a weak little man.
He's doing this for Lola...
Oh, come on, wise up. He's doing it cos he wants to play Mummies and Daddies with you.
-Oh, here we go again!
-No, look, he's moving in on my woman...
-It's not on!
-So we going to do this lunch or what?
I've lost my appetite.
Tommy, I got a little tip for you, mate.
Always wait for the red ones.
Money's better off earning interest in your own bank than theirs.
-They're not going to give us interest on our overdraft, are they?
-What you doing?
-They're bigger than they look, aren't they?
-Er, excuse me. Don't touch what you can't afford.
-Nearly done, anyway.
-Nearly done what?
-Not going to know what's hit you.
I've asked for more weekend shifts at McKlunky's.
Hard little worker, ain't you, eh? Chip off the old Butcher's block.
-Got to get that Christmas tree somehow.
-Well don't worry. I'll sort it.
Yeah, but we want a big glitzy one, don't we? Imagine Tiff's face when she comes back and sees it.
You save your money, I'll get the tree, yeah?
Yeah, thanks, Derek, but we ain't got anywhere to hang them.
You'll think of somewhere. Tyler went to a lot of trouble to get hold of these.
-And I got you these, darling.
-That's nice, but we ain't got a tree.
Will soon, though.
It's a nice thought, Derek, but, you know...
-They might all be gone later.
-Well if they're gone, they're gone.
Yeah, well, erm... Thanks, Derek, for thinking of us.
Yeah, I just wanted to make Christmas special. I know how much it means to you, Bianca.
-So get us a tree, then!
-Shut up, Liam!
-Oi, don't be cheeky!
-It's all right, Mum, I can deal with him, thanks!
-I've dealt with it!
-You can't not butt in, can you, eh?
-Who's butting in?!
Can't wait for Christmas(!)
-What are you doing?
-Oh, it's all right, don't panic, it's nothing.
-Well, it don't look like nothing.
-It's all under control.
What is?! What's under control?
Well, Phil's come clean to the social and told them that we've broken up.
-It doesn't change nothing, darling.
-No. No, put all that stuff back...
-Lola... Lola, Lola!
-No, you can't do this to me!
just let me dump this stuff and we'll have a little chat, all right?
-I'm going to find Phil.
-He's out for the day.
Oh, just great!(!)
Ho, ho, ho, my friends! Merry Christmas when it comes, all right?
And come back nearer the time, we might be selling snow!
What you on about? Snow?!
Oh, come on, it's worth looking into, right? Fake snow! There's got to be money in that.
Listen, Fats, you want to earn some money, get back on the stall, all right?
All right then. But I've got to move my stuff into the B&B.
There's only so much Zainab can take, you know what I mean?
-OK, buddy. Listen, hurry up back, won't you?
-All right, brother.
-Catch you later.
So what you having? Mulled wine or eggnog?
You've got eggnog?
We would have if Alfie had his way.
What you doing Christmas?
Having a lie-in, till January 3rd.
What I would give for that.
Still can't do New Year's Eve. Not without thinking about...
Sorry, you don't want to hear that. Cheers.
All right, babe?
All I said was that I wanted a ring for Christmas.
Yeah, but what type of ring, though, babe?
I mean, there's plenty of rings for different type of things but...
We're not talking about engagement, are we?
-Now that you mentioned it...
-Well, I didn't.
-But you did.
-You just did.
-Ray, I couldn't borrow you for a minute, could I?
Oh, we're talking rings and things! Ray...?
You calmed down yet?
Oh, yeah. Just look at me! Total calmness(!)
Look, all it is, is that we're not conning anyone.
It's all above-board now.
And you reckon they're just going to give my baby to some 60-year-old gangster, do you?
Phil is not 60 or a gangster...
Look, can't you just get back with him?
He's already told them that he's drawing up a care plan. And I'll still be part of it.
But can't you just still pretend? It was going good before.
Oh, Lola, come on!
You let this get to you and all it says is that you can't cope.
-Yeah, well, maybe I can't.
-You really don't want them seeing that.
Now, this is all in hand. Phil's got it covered, OK?
Darling, it'll be all right.
Phil told the truth?
I suppose that's good, innit?
-Meanwhile, back in the real world...
-And what's that supposed to mean?
Come on, Lola, it's game over and you know it.
Just got your message.
I'm stuck in all day today cos my dad's got me waiting for a new reindeer.
What d'you want?
Erm...this came for you.
Is that it?
Oh, and I'm feeling a little bit better.
Thank you for asking(!)
Court summons, ain't it.
What a mess, eh?
All right, Lauren? Rudolph - is he here?
No, sorry, he must've got held up.
Oh! All I want is a reindeer. Can't be that hard, can it?
< CAT: Yeah, I miss you too.
< All right, sounds like we'll need a plan, then.
Hold on, that's a bit short notice, ain't it?
No, no, no, I'll be there.
I love you too.
-You scared me.
-Yeah, sorry, no, just... Just came in.
-That was my dad.
-He's not feeling too good so I'm going to take Tommy and go and see him.
So what's wrong with him?
It's his chest again.
Charlie. Hello, mate it's Alfie.
Kat's...telling me you're not feeling too well, mate.
Mum can't do Christmas this year. She's off to see Aunty Helen.
That's all right, innit? So it'll just be you and me.
-You know what I really want for Christmas?
-Yeah, you better think of something else.
It's one day, Joey.
You can come over and...
we'll...all be normal and just forget everything just for one day.
You can't exactly spend it with Cora.
Look, honestly, Alice, I'm all right, OK? Look, I'll...
find an elf or something.
Look! I've got enough tips to buy a twig.
-Perhaps you shouldn't make promises you can't keep.
-You got an axe there?
Yeah, I'll chop down a tree, if that's what it takes?
It's not the end of the world. The kids will cope.
Being with my family is all that's kept me going in prison - thinking we'll have Christmas together.
But just being home, it's not enough, is it?
There's the tree and all the trimmings.
Next they'll be asking for snow and Santa to pop in for a mince pie.
How the hell am I going to make that happen, Mum? How am I going to do that?
Sit down, I'll make you a cup of tea.
You left the door open.
-So use it on your way out.
Not until you promise to stop filling Lola's head with rubbish.
-What do you know about it?
-I know the social'll jump on anything.
Is Shirley right? Is it over?
Is that why you was moving all your stuff out of Phil's?
And, no, don't give me any of this rubbish, all right? Or any of this big talk.
I just want to know.
Darling, Phil was honest.
He came clean - that's a good thing.
Until they dig a little bit deeper and find some MORE Mitchell honesty.
Not until you get real! Stop dangling Lexi in front of her like this!
Look, will you please just tell me something good?!
Please... Tell me I haven't lost Lexi.
They can look into his past and they'll see he's a reformed man.
Let's hope they're blind, then.
He's doing this for you, babe.
Which shows how much he wants you to have Lexi.
So, what, when we go to court they're just going to accept all that, are they?
Well, that depends on you standing up and telling them you're happy...
That Phil's great and everything's wonderful.
Good luck with that one!
there's two people here who loved Phil.
Now neither of us are idiots so there's got to be a lot of good in him,
a good they're going to see.
Now, ain't that right, Shirley?
Yeah. Sharon's right.
We weren't idiots.
We were the biggest prats in history. There's not a scrap of good in him.
Do you know what?! I knew this wasn't going to work!
Lola! Lola, wait!
-Happy now she's in tears, are you?
-I'm just trying to be honest with her.
Oh, and of course, you're not at all bitter and resentful of Phil, are you?
-Why shouldn't I be?
-Why take it out on Lola?
Only we thought different, we thought we'd fight tooth and nail for her.
-All that effort with no result.
-And you know this how?
You haven't met our social workers, you don't know them, you don't know what they're thinking.
-You're just mouthing off with nothing to back it up.
-I know Phil Mitchell!
Take him out of the equation, I might change my mind.
And since when is this about what you thought, eh?
and he's going to take advantage of her.
You know your biggest problem, Shirley?
You think that just because your life is hopeless then everyone else's should be.
Well, I won't let that happen to Lola.
And neither will Phil.
-You off then?
-Yeah, we're off.
-Michael's going our way.
-Borrowed a car from Max, got a bit of business.
-Right, young man, behave yourself, all right?
Yes! You keep your eye on Mummy for me, OK?
-Listen, give Charlie a kiss from me, will you, darling?
-Promise you'll call me. though, yeah?
-Yeah, I promise.
-Be a good boy. See you, Tommy. Bye!
-Speak to you later.
All right, darling, take care. Drive safely.
No-one has any! No-one! There's no snow to go, bruv!
And I been calling round everywhere. Alfie...
Yeah, OK, all right...
So what's all this? Last I knew you were a chef.
-Relax. I squared it with Alfie and Jean's got my back.
Mate, if you want my attention then you say "excuse me".
No, no, what's going on here?
You know, it's a nativity scene. Yeah, I'm going to fill it with Jesus and that.
Oh, right, sorry, sorry...
-Oh blimey, you're quick!
-Man, I'm always quick.
And some days he slows right down.
I can see that looking quite good. Three wise men, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, couple of donkeys. It'll be great.
-So are you on the mulled wine?
-No, no, no, I like a nice, big nativity scene.
Oh, that's nice. Well this is a fruit and veg stall.
No, hang on, I have got the only fruit and veg stall round here.
You could always turn your stall into a nativity scene.
You guys have just crossed a line, OK? And I'm going to push you straight back over it.
-Careful, Ian, you're going to bust a blood vessel.
-Yeah, keep your plums on, yeah?
You can laugh all you want. You've got yourselves a fruit and veg war.
-Yeah? Bring it on!
-May the best yam win.
-Like that one, yeah?
-Just think about it.
It'd be our first Christmas with Dad.
Oh, touching, that, ain't it, Alice(!) It's only taken him, what, 20-odd years.
-What about me? Do I not get a say in this?
-You're sorted, ain't you?
Look, Alice, I'll spend Christmas with someone I want to spend Christmas with. OK?
Look, I'm in the Vic if you want to come and apologise for earlier.
And that is a joke, in case you think it ain't.
-Can't understand them.
-That's all part of the fun, ain't it, eh?
Yeah, well, it ain't fun when they're not behaving how you want them to, is it?
Yeah. We don't own them.
Oh, right. Is that why I just saw Michael taking Kat out earlier?
Yeah, well, she's off to see Charlie, ain't she?
Yeah, and left you in the lurch! Ain't very nice.
You want to call her, you want to make a stand, mate.
What? What's the matter with you? The bloke ain't well.
What you should be doing, Jack, is talking to Sharon. You know, try acting like a gent.
Yeah, yeah, I could do that or... I could have another drink.
I think it's another drink. At least scotch you can trust.
Pff! Always let you down, don't they?
Make it a double, Alf.
Look at that!
Aye-aye, mince pie!
That's what I call a proper reindeer!
So what d'you call the other one? It's exactly the same.
-Right, are you going to help me switch them on, yeah?
-Put his big red nose on the map.
Tell him please, Carol. Say, "Look, little brother, you're making us a laughing stock."
To be honest, I just popped round to see if you had a spare Christmas tree.
-Like a tinsel one or something?
-Nah, don't do tinsel.
To be honest, I don't know why he's going to all this trouble.
I haven't even had my results back yet and he's acting all festive and sorted.
Yeah, well, you will be, won't you?
I tell you, this is going to be the Christmas to end all Christmases.
Right, go and get the leads, will you?
We only told Abi about the scan last night.
I'm wondering if we should've, you know? She seems a bit worried.
It's all right, I'll go.
Do you need this?
-What, the box?
Peace and goodwill?
What you doing with Scarlett?
-What do you think I'm doing?
-Well, she's not yours!
And you've got Amy, anyway, so how comes now you've got two and I've got none!
Lola! Back off, all right?
You need to know that Phil is not the answer.
You want to get Lexi back then you'll have to think of something else.
What else am I supposed to do?!
No, go on. You seem to know all the answers, don't you? So you tell me - what do I do now?!
-'I didn't think you'd, er, let me through the door.
-Neither did I...'
-What you doing?
-'So what is it exactly...'
-You can't listen in, it's private!
-(Why ain't you at work?)
-(Poppy's covering me.)
(Well move up, then. I can't hear anything.)
I just...wanted to see Lauren. You know...
Make sure she was all right.
'You want to make sure she's OK after you nearly wiped her off the face of the Earth?'
No... How can I make things up to you, then, Max? Come on, please, please, tell me.
I don't know.
See the problem with what you done, Joey, is you've brought up a lot of stuff for me.
You know, I lost my son...
Thanks to you, I nearly lost my daughter.
I would never do anything to hurt Lauren on purpose. It's the last thing I'd ever do.
'All right, I'll explain to you, this is what's going to happen.'
We're going to have a great family Christmas...
..cos I've got a great family.
You see, the thing is there's...
There's a lot going on, Joey, you know?
I mean, I'm getting remarried, Christmas Eve.
Tanya, she's getting her results.
And then you got Lauren, you know...
I mean, I can't even look at her.
Get a cold shudder go through me when I think what might've happened to her, so...
(So I'm going to grab them all close, Joey.)
(And I'm going to keep them there... tight.)
And we're going to have a nice, normal, loving, family Christmas,
and I'm really sorry, mate...
..but you... You're not part of it.
(I love that man.)
'Is that it...?'
You all right? You get there all right?
Just I was, you know, expecting a call, that's all.
You know what birds are like. Minds like sieves.
Yeah. Listen, Michael, thanks for doing that.
Drinks are on the house, Scarlett permitting, of course.
Roxy's got her. And that what's-her-name's coming up. Whitney's coming over.
-Pushing your luck a bit, ain't you?
-I'm paying her.
No, I meant Roxy. You're here while she's looking after Scarlett. That's called taking advantage, Michael.
She's a woman, Alfie. What else are you meant to do with them?
You got to do it to them before they do it to you, Alf.
Great(!) I was hoping he wasn't working tonight.
Can we just go somewhere else, please?
No. Look, we're here now, aren't we? Hi.
-Do you want a drink?
-Yeah. Yeah, why not.
-Keep your eyes shut, all right?
-No? Can't see?
After three. One two...
-We've got a tree!
-Do you like it?
Sorry about earlier, Mum.
-Gran said Liam was out of order.
-The only colour he had was purple.
-Are they Pat's earrings?
It's the best tree I've ever seen! Thanks.
I heard you and Dad talking.
-Are you not meant to be out with her?
-I'm just chatting.
Listen, Lucy, I'm, er...
I'm sorry, all right?
I wasn't very nice to you, was I?
And I've been...I've been kicking myself ever since.
So much, I can barely walk.
I'm being serious, Lucy. I wore a pair of me shoes out booting myself.
Look...all I'm trying to say, all right, is
I'm sorry and...
I'm an idiot.
Yeah, well, I could've told you that and a lot worse...
-Yeah, go on then, Luce, go on, give me both barrels.
-Hey, I will do!
Not here though, eh?
Do you want to go back to yours?
No, sweetheart, no, I'm just checking you got there safe and sound, that's all.
Yeah, well, course I worry about you.
Listen, do me a big fa... No, listen, do me a big favour, OK?
When you speak to Charlie give him a big kiss and tell him I'm expecting a massive Christmas gift, OK?
Yeah, all right. Yeah. Yeah, I love you too.
All right, darling, bye-bye.
No, no. Please, stop, stop, please...
-I thought this was what you wanted?
-Yeah, and so did I, all right. But now I'm here and...
-It's not where you want to be.
-No, I didn't say that, Luce, all right.
OK, you wish I was someone else, don't you?
Look, whoever it is...
she's not here and...
And you know what else? You would just ditch her anyway...
-..and come back here!
-No, no, listen, all right? This is different, OK? This is...
This is really different.
I love her.
I love her.
-No, I'm sorry, I'm sorry.
TANYA: 'You are joking? I can't believe we've still got it out there! Honestly!
'With all the lights! Next year you'll have some sleigh on the roof!
'Do you remember? Do you remember that time he dressed as an elf?
'..around the tree.'
-'I could put a light under...'
'Stick him out the front. We should get a collection box, shouldn't we?'
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Shirley is determined to stop Phil from getting his way, but can Sharon, Jay and Lola convince her he is a changed man? Desperate to discover why Lauren is so upset, Abi is shocked to discover Cora's secret. Alfie feels guilty for not trusting Kat but he soon makes a shocking discovery, sending his paranoia into overdrive.